Here in Mass, extremely difficult for RN's (especially new grads) to find a job. One graduating class at the local college, not one RN found a job. Large lay-offs, cut backs are going on at hospitals here in Mass. There is NOT a nursing shortage in Mass. There are too many nursing schools. You have to remember that colleges, universities are businesses also and they want students. But, unfortunately no jobs to accommadate the massive graduating RN's each year. Another thing is that doctor's offices, clinics, etc. are now hire RP's (Responsible Persons) to do a nurses job with far less cost and only a number of weeks training. I am disheartened as a professional RN who has worked, studied, trained very hard to find that the nursing profession has not protected the profession as other professions have. ( example PT, OT, Speech pathologist, dental hygienists) They have passed laws prohibiting people off the street with a few weeks of training to do their job.
Another reason for this type of hiring outside of the profession is that Nursing procedures are not billed. Nurses do not generate money for their employers as PT,OT, SPEECH, and Dental Hygiene do. Consequently, employers look at nurses as COSTING money. All the things that nurses do throughout their shift and not one thing is billed. You can't even walk into a dental hygienist's room and not get charged a fee.... money for employer and the employer's LOVE them as they see that hygienists are valuable to them. Again, I am disheartened with the profession and the nursing associations that could of prevented this catastrophe. I apologize if I have offended some, but hopefully it is an eye opener. I do have a job, but see this type of replacement everywhere here in this state.